「夏の定番！（ぶっちゃけテコ入れ回ですね）」 (Natsu no Teiban! (Bucchakete Koirekaidesune))
“Summer’s Staples! (The Fanservice Episode, Frankly)”
I have a love-hate relationship with how this show hides the heavier stuff behind all the lighthearted fluff (plus Lucoa constantly getting wrecked).
A Maid Dragon Buffet
If there’s something that Maid Dragon can do without fail, it would be providing us some genuinely funny lighthearted humor that could sway even the grumpiest of faces. Using this week’s episode as a prime example, I absolutely loved how we were given a self-declared “fanservice” episode that did much more than just throw breasts in our faces (more on that in a second though). Specifically, I loved how we got to see all of our characters doing everything that we love watching them do. From Kanna eating everything in sight to Lucoa having to change outfits every single time we saw her, I don’t think you could have asked for more in a single episode.
But if you thought it stopped at cute or funny things, you’d be wrong. Another big hit this week had to be the way the episode handled the more somber moments between all the laughs. Slowing things down more so than usual, you could really experience the heavier moments, especially when it came to Kobayashi and Tooru. If I were going to pick a specific moment or set of moments though, my favorite would be getting to see Tooru struggle with her inner thoughts and emotions with her current reality going completely against what she’s grown used to. That and if you look at it from the perspective of this being setup for a minor character we’ll hopefully see, it really whet your “I need more feels” appetite.
There was one line that really stuck out to me this week — and that one line was when Kobayashi answered Tooru when she asked if she was grown up. I’ve never really thought about the idea since I was thrust into a position of relatively large responsibility early on in life, but what if I hadn’t been? And at that point, would I have been stuck facing the same struggles as Tooru? Which is probably why listening to Kobayashi calmly explain that no one really wants to be an adult but just ends up not being able to be a kid anymore resonated deeply with my soul.
Anyways, I just wanted to talk about that part for just a little since it meshed so well with me.
With things progressing smoothly, it feels like this show can do no wrong. But if things have started to grow a little stale for you — no worries! It looks like we have another perky character (dragon) joining next week and this one should involve a lot more Kobayashi. See you then!